Freedom of Information Law (1998 as amended 2006)
The Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following law:
Freedom of Information Law
(as amended by the following laws of: 15 May 2003; 26 November 2003; 19 February
2004; 22 December 2005; 5 October 2006)
Chapter I
General Provisions
Section 1. Terms Used in this Law
The following terms are used in this Law:
1) information – information or compilations of information, in any technically possible
form of fixation, storage or transfer;
2) circulation of information – the initiation, creation, compilation, collection,
processing, use and destruction of information;
3) documented information – information, the entry of which into the circulation of
information may be identified;
4) institution – every institution, as well as persons who implement administration
functions and tasks if such person in the circulation of information is associated with the
implementation of the relevant functions and tasks; and
5) re-use – the utilisation of existing information at the disposal of an institution, which
is performed by the institution or a private person for commercial or non-commercial
purposes, which is not the initial purpose for the creation of such information.
[22 December 2005; 5 October 2006]
Section 2. Purpose and Scope of Application of this Law
(1) The purpose of this Law is to ensure that the public has access to information, which
is at the disposal of institutions or which an institution in conformity with its competence
has a duty to create. This Law determines uniform procedures by which private persons
are entitled to obtain information from an institution and to utilise it.

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